Young Creative Entrepreneur Awards in India July 30, 2011Posted by rwituja in Young Creative Entrepreneur.
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There wasn’t enough recognition and understanding of creative entrepreneurship in India and more so in 2005, when we launched the inaugural design and publishing entrepreneur awards. Since then, we’ve expanded our portfolio to offer the entire suite of awards to include music (2006), screen (2007), fashion, interactive (2008) and performing arts (2009).
By 2009, India was the only country to have done all International YCE awards including design, fashion, music, screen, interactive, publishing and performing arts.
India was the market focus country for all UK YCE awards in 2008 – 2009. 35 young British creative entrepreneurs took part in the programme, travelling to Indiato take part in sector-specific study tours.
India has won international awards for Publishing, Design, Music and Interactive and received special commendation for Fashion.
Today, the programme has reached out to over 1000+ entrepreneurs across the sectors making India’s network of creative entrepreneurs the largest within the International YCE community.
Over the years there have been 208 finalists, 47 India winners and 4 International winners (Publishing, Design, Music, and Interactive). We have been able to identify the talent and nurture it to give them a platform to take their businesses to the next level.
Currently there are 2050+ members on the YCE India page on Facebook.
The 2010 YCE winners were featured on CNBC TV18’s programme Young Turks http://vimeo.com/ibritishcouncil/yceoncnbc
The 2011 YCE awards night was featured on CNBC TV18’s Young Turks Buzz http://www.moneycontrol.com/video/specialvideos/ytbuzzyoungsparksallwalkslifebattleitout_568313.html?utm_source=Article_Vid
India’s Creative Industries July 5, 2011Posted by rwituja in Young Creative Entrepreneur.
Tags: applications, business, creative industries, Design, employment, entertainment, Fashion, film, indian industry, infrastructure, internet market, media, mobile, opportunities, retail, revenue, technology, textile
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- Media and Entertainment is one of the fastest growing sectors inIndia. The entertainment industry estimated at about US$ 9.4 billion in revenues in year 2010 is expected to reach revenues of US$ 10.7 billion in 2011.
- With the advent of new technologies such as 2G and 3G, and increasing mobile penetrationIndia’s music industry is scaling on a high note.
- India is the largest film producing market in the world and one of the largest employment sectors in India.
- India is the third biggest Internet market, with over 100 million internet user base and the amount of time spent on the Internet for an average user in the country is 16 hours a week. According to Google estimates, 40 million users access Internet through mobile phones and download 30 million applications. New technologies such as 3G, broadband and mobile infrastructure are also helping in propelling this trend.
- The growth of the fashion industry in India is mainly driven by the growing exposure of domestic designers at international forums attracting a large number of international clients, launch of focused business education courses for emerging designers and the establishment of an industry association. Rising affluence has increased brand awareness among Indian consumers. The Indian textile industry provides direct employment to over 35 million people.
- Growing wealth and disposable incomes of the country’s middle and upper classes, facilitated by the growth in retail infrastructure for entertainment products and services, and the demands for creativity in business is all opening up vast opportunities for businesses in this sector.
Copyright: India Brand Equity Foundation, March 2011 (http://www.ibef.org)
Creative Economy July 5, 2011Posted by rwituja in Young Creative Entrepreneur.
Tags: advertising, architecture, Art, British Council, Creative Economy, creative industries, cultural economy, designer, Fashion, Interactive, make money, Music, Performing Arts, Publishing, software, trade and development, united nations
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Creative Industries was a term coined by the UK and its original definition formulated by the UK government in 1998 was ‘those industries which have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent and which have the potential for wealth and job creation through the generation and exploitation of intellectual property.’
With the intention to map the UK’s creative industries, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) had identified 13 creative sectors of economic and cultural activity that conformed to this definition. It included advertising, architecture, the art and antiques market, crafts, design, designer fashion, film, interactive leisure software, music, the performing arts, publishing, software and computer services, television and radio.
The creative industries are an expression of cultural as much as economic value. In addition to their ‘exchange value’, (which is how goods and services find the price level in the market), and their ‘functional value’ (determined by their use in real life), most products and services of the creative industries have ‘expressive value’, a measure of their cultural significance that may bear little relationship to how much they cost to make or how useful they are. This additional value may be of little consequence or long-term significance or it may be an expression of profound cultural importance but it is one of the key elements that differentiate the creative industries.
Many a times the aim to protect and promote particular aspects of the national culture, is not for their direct economic significance but as a means of projecting a clear and positive image internationally – what has been called the projection of ‘soft power’ (Introductory Guide to the Creative Industries).
The term creative economy first appeared in 2001 in the John Howkins’ book The Creative Economy: How People Make Money From Ideas According to him, “creativity is not new and neither is economics, but what is new is the nature and the extent of the relationship between them and how they combine to create extraordinary value and wealth”.
There is no unique definition of the creative economy. It is a subjective concept that is still being shaped. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development adopts the following definition of the creative economy:
- The creative economy is an evolving concept based on creative assets potentially generating economic growth and development;
- It can foster income generation, job creation and export earnings while promoting social inclusion, cultural diversity and human development;
- It embraces economic, cultural and social aspects interacting with technology, intellectual property and tourism objectives;
- It is a set of knowledge-based economic activities with a development dimension and cross-cutting linkages at macro and micro levels to the overall economy;
- At the heart of the creative economy are the creative industries.
Young Interactive Entrepreneur from India, shines at BAFTA October 27, 2010Posted by British Council India in Young Creative Entrepreneur.
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The Indian YCE Interactive winner, Anup Tapadia competed against the brightest and best young talents working in the business of interactive media in emerging markets around the world to win British Council’s International Young Interactive Entrepreneur Award.
Chosen from a short-list of 25-35 year-olds from Argentina, China, Colombia, Estonia, India, Indonesia, Latvia, Lebanon, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Syria, Turkey, UAE and Vietnam, Anup received his award at a ceremony at BAFTA in London on 20 October.
Anup is the founder of TouchMagix, a next generation digital technology company that engages consumers in interaction with large scale displays. TouchMagix currently exports products to more than 20 countries serving clients such as Nike, Intel, Reebok and Nokia. The company received the ‘Best Upcoming Company in India’ award at the 2009 Proto Conference. For more information on TouchMagix visit http://www.touchmagix.com
Anup was announced the winner of India YCE Interactive on 1 September at a gala awards ceremony along with winners of six other sectors. He has been in the UK for a programme of meetings in London, Bristol, Cardiff, Dundee and Middlesbrough to build the understanding of, and make contacts with the interactive industry. He will receive support from the British Council to develop subsequent projects linking their countries and the UK.
The awards are part of the British Council’s wider Young Creative Entrepreneur (YCE) programme, which includes awards for entrepreneurs in the fields of publishing, music, performing arts, design, screen, visual arts, interactive media, fashion and communications.
The jury commended Anup for his entrepreneurial spirit, emphasising that “He inspired the entire panel and convinced them that he is a leader of the future”. The Interactive Award was judged by:
- Angel Gambino – entrepreneur/investor formally of Bebo and MTV
- Paul Croft – founder and Creative Director, Mediatonic and winner of the UK Young Interactive Entrepreneur award 2009
- Deborah Dignam – Digital Advisor, British Council
India’s Got Talent September 10, 2010Posted by British Council India in Young Creative Entrepreneur.
Tags: Abhishek Rungta (Indus Net Academy), Amit Gulati (Incubis Consulting), Anjum Katyal (Saregama), Anup Tapadia, B R Sharan (Saregama), British Council, British Council India, Charanpreet Singh (Praxis Business School), Cinnamon Teal Publishing, Debashis Biswas (Macmillan India), Douglas Rintoul (Complicite), Elle Décor, Elle India, Fashion, Girija Goswamy (Marks & Spencer), India's Got Talent, Indian Angel Network (IAN) Sunil Kalra, Indian Stage, Jai Vikram Bakshi (Digiqom Solutions), John Kirk (Birmingham City University UK), Kanak Gupta, Leonard Fernandes, Magesh Kumar Gurumurthy, Mahesh Murthy (Pinstorm), Mash Audio Visuals Ltd, Namrata Shah, Naved Akhtar (The Shop), Oxford Bookstore, Pixelloid Computer Services, Preksha Baid, Publishing, Rajesh Dahiya (Codesign), Rajesh Rao (Dhruva Interactive), Raw Mango, Rixi Bhatia, Ruth Gee, Sandeep Goyal (Dentsu India), Sanjay Garg, TechnoKarma Labs & TouchMagix Media, Varun Sardana, Wendell Rodricks, Xavier Rashid (Raindance Festival UK), Y-walls Design, yce, YCE alumni, YCE Communications Sandeep Maheshwari, YCE Design, YCE Fashion, YCE Fashion awardee, YCE Interactive, YCE Performing Arts, YCE Publishing, YCE Screen, Young Creative Entrepreneur programme, Yugandhar Tammareddy
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Everyone loves award ceremonies: the glitz, the glamour, the fabulous dresses…
We’re no different at the British Council, so September kicked off with our own award ceremony, an evening to celebrate India’s creativity, inspiration and entrepreneurial talent.
The British Council’s Young Creative Entrepreneur programme (YCE) has been running in India since 2005, the only programme of its kind in India, unique in its focus on creative entrepreneurs. This year for the first time, the programme included its own award ceremony, announcing India’s brightest emerging entrepreneurs in seven different sectors – Interactive, Screen, Communications, Design, Performing Arts, Publishing, and Fashion.
Till date the programme has reached out to 763 entrepreneurs, making India’s network of creative entrepreneurs the largest within the International YCE programme. The entrepreneurs are all attracted by the chance of winning a prestigious award, of course: but it’s also a great opportunity to network with like-minded creative minds, both in India and the UK.
Crucially, the programme couldn’t be as successful without the support of partners who share our vision and bring in expertise. Elle India, Elle Decor and Oxford Bookstore worked with us for awards in fashion, design and publishing respectively; while the programme also tied up with the Indian Angel Network (IAN), India’s largest business angel network with over 120 individual and institutional members worldwide. Sunil Kalra, Sandeep Goyal (Dentsu India), Abhishek Rungta (Indus Net Academy) and Jai Vikram Bakshi (Digiqom Solutions) represented IAN on the judging panels, and provided their expertise and feedback on revenue models, business skills and opportunities to scale up.
And even when the awards were over, the night had just begun: a showcase of works by YCE alumni, illustrating the programme’s larger cultural impact, culminated with YCE Fashion awardee Varun Sardana giving an exclusive preview of his Spring / Summer 2011 collection in his characteristically theatrical and innovative style. It was the first time in India that a designer has presented his Spring/Summer collection in a venue other than the Fashion Week, and we were particularly pleased because Varun was recently signed up by Blow PR, a fashion PR agency based in the UK, after he worked with the British Council to participate in the Alchemy Festival in London earlier this year.
Ruth Gee, British Council Regional Director, India & Sri Lanka was seen wearing a creation by Namrata Shah, the runner-up awardee of the 2009 YCE Fashion award, who works with crafts people in the remote villages of Karnataka. Ruth’s creation came from Namrata’s Woven Wonder collection, in which each bead is meticulously woven in to form exquisite patterns on a silk sari, proving that the fabulous dresses weren’t just confined to the catwalk.
The 2010 YCE winners are some of the brightest from within India’s creative industries:
|YCE Interactive||Anup Tapadia, TechnoKarma Labs & TouchMagix Media|
|YCE Screen||Yugandhar Tammareddy, Pixelloid Computer Services|
|YCE Communications||Sandeep Maheshwari, Mash Audio Visuals Ltd|
|YCE Design||Preksha Baid, Y-walls Design|
|YCE Performing Arts||Magesh Kumar Gurumurthy, IndianStage|
|YCE Publishing||Leonard Fernandes, Cinnamon Teal Publishing|
|YCE Fashion||Sanjay Garg, Raw Mango|
Special commendation was given to YCE Performing Arts: Kanak Gupta and YCE Fashion: Rixi Bhatia
The judges this year included sector leaders:
- Mahesh Murthy (Pinstorm)
- Naved Akhtar (The Shop)
- Rajesh Dahiya (Codesign)
- Wendell Rodricks
- Girija Goswamy (Marks & Spencer)
- Amit Gulati (Incubis Consulting)
- Douglas Rintoul (Complicite)
- Charanpreet Singh (Praxis Business School)
- Rajesh Rao (Dhruva Interactive)
- B R Sharan (Saregama)
- Anjum Katyal (Saregama)
- Debashis Biswas (Macmillan India)
- Xavier Rashid (Raindance Festival UK)
- John Kirk (Birmingham City University UK)
What do Priya Kishore (Bombay Electric), Vijay Nair (Only Much Louder) and Rajat Tuli (Happily Unmarried) have in common? June 7, 2010Posted by British Council India in Young Creative Entrepreneur.
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These bright and successful entrepreneurs from the different creative sectors are the winners of the British Council’s Young Creative Entrepreneur (YCE) Award and a part of the YCE network. Managed by the British Council, these are the only awards in India that give recognition to creative entrepreneurship across the creative industries including Design, Music, Fashion, Communication, Visual Arts, Screen, Interactive, Performing Arts and Publishing.
“International recognition to independent publishing was important to me and it helped to stand apart in the domestic market too.” defines Nishad Deshmukh, YCE Publishing 2008
The YCE award programme goes beyond simply recognising the achievements of these entrepreneurs. It provides them a platform to begin a dialogue with their UK counterparts. The winners go on a study tour of their respective industry in the UK. It allows them to learn, imbibe and grow through inputs from both their UK and international peers. They also attend relevant trade events that helps widen their perspective.
“The most important part of the program to me was the “Edinburgh Fringe Fest” and the meetings therein which opened up the possibilities of new formats of performing arts and collaborations. Post YCE, at evam, we have created two new properties – one which explores a new format for a play and another which is a platform to create the next generation art-entrepreneurs – YCE has helped us redefine our boundaries!” says Sunil Vishnu of evam Entertainment and YCE Performing Arts 2009.
For Prathibha Sastry, founder of South Movie Scene Magazine, winning YCE Screen Award 2008 opened new doors for her. She has had the opportunity to go to Lithuania and will soon be visiting Poland for a film festival.
The aim of the program is to recognise the impact of entrepreneurship within the creative industries on the wider economy. According to DCMS, creative industries are defined as those having their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent and which have a potential for wealth and job creation through the generation and exploitation of intellectual property. Globally, creative industries are estimated to account for more than 7 per cent of the world’s gross GDP*. UK has pioneered in recognising their contribution and as a percentage of GDP; it has the largest creative industries sector in the world.** UK creativity is hugely influential across the world, with a reputation for innovation, edgy brilliance and entrepreneurial spirit. In 2008, it comprised an estimated 157,400 businesses and employed just under two million people.#
The Indian economy also has a strong potential for growth by investing in creative enterprises but there is a definite absence of opportunities that provide international exposure and learning for creative entrepreneurs in India.
“The program has given me the ability to imagine myself as a global entrepreneur and Phonethics as an organisation shares the aspirations and challenges faced by similar start-ups around the world“, says Saurabh Gupta, Founder & CEO, Phonethics, winner of the YCE Communications award in 2009. Saurabh went on to attend the C&binet forum on Nurturing Creative Content in the Digital Age. C&binet is a not-for-profit network created by the Department for Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) to foster international dialogue about the creative economy focusing on access to finance for creative industries, new business models for online content, developing talent and securing creative rights.
British Council has been developing a powerful professional network between creative entrepreneurs in India and the UK since 2005. Connected with the India YCE awards is the International Young Creative Entrepreneur (IYCE) programme which celebrates the achievements of entrepreneurs at an international level. Through an interconnected network, the awards aim to put the spotlight firmly on creative entrepreneurship.
“The trip was a huge eye opener. Had I approached all the people I met for appointments individually, it would have taken me years to meet them. British Council insured that we met the best of the best.” says Rajat Tuli, YCE Design Award 2009.
Recently British Council supported the participation of fashion entrepreneurs including Savio Jon, Shilpa Chavan, Anuj Sharma and Varun Sardana in a fashion show hosted at the Alchemy Festival in UK. Varun has now signed up with Blow PR, a fashion PR agency based in the UK.
The awards and subsequent cross sector networking opportunities have led to much more than exchange of ideas. Alex Fleetwood, Founder Hide&Seek and winner of the UK YCE Performing Arts award is currently working with Amitesh Grover & theatre artists in the UK and Delhi to curate and produce a dual location Sandpit, an evening of social games and playful experiences.
Debu Bhattacharya, Theme Entertainment / Infinity Films, the YCE Screen 2007, has signed a MoU with Sheffield Doc Fest to provide an international launch pad for Indian documentary projects. It also includes development of a fund to boost production and development of the documentary film industry in India.
Box Item: Entries for the YCE awards in Interactive, Screen, Fashion, Design, Performing Arts, Communications and Publishing sectors are open till 10 July. Winners will be announced at a gala award ceremony in early September. For further details log on to: http://www.britishcouncil.org.in/yce
*. World Bank Urban development needs creativity: How creative industries affect urban areas.
Development Outreach, November 2003.
**. OECD Factbook 2007 – Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics, 2007.
#. Creative Industries Economic Estimates Statistical Bulletin 2010, DCMS.